Iftakhar Nadime Khan (Arshi)


I N Khan was born in 1968. He is busy realizing the emperor’s unfulfilled dream since the age of 14 years. He possesses extraordinary talent and versatility. Not only is he a gifted artist but is also a technocrat who has engineered and innovated many technical products. Mr. Khan was born with a creative bent of mind and his childhood artistic creations attracted attention of his contemporaries and teachers.

A unique facet of Khan's creativity is his ingenious ability to design and then customise tools and machines so that the masterpiece he has conceived can see the light of day.

Mr. Khan's family lineage is directly linked to his great grandfather General Bakht Khan, the commander in chief of the Indian Army appointed by Bahadur Shah Zafar who fought war of independence in 1857 against the British.

Presently, Mr. Khan is working as consultant to a company that manufactures transformers and wall clocks. He has also given consultancy in many national and international projects for development of technology and designs. He has created many artefacts which are unique and treasured by art lovers.

Mr. Khan has conducted independent research and authored a book “BLACK TAJ MAHAL: The Emperor’s Missing Tomb”, published by “Bloomsbury Publishing”.


The Documentary

Creation of Miniature Black Taj, reduced to scale, perfect replication with all the artistic and architectural elements of the Taj Mahal.

Black Taj is the lost dream of Mughal emperor Shahjahan, forgotten in the mist of time. There are certain physical evidences that confirms the truth behind the beginning of the construction of Black Taj Mahal.

Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.

- Oscar Wilde

Black Taj Book Launch

The subject of Black Taj is inseparable from the Taj Mahal, but in absence of any dedicated literary work, the story swayed between reality and myth.

The book clarifies an age old story of another mausoleum which had to be build on the other bank of the river Yamuna with black marble.

I N Khan- Story of the Black Taj Mahal

Video Covered by A pioneering reality TV show, Hunnarbaaz that spotlights skills and innovations.

The video covers his concept and creation of the Miniature Black Taj. He has learned a bunch of different crafts to make this lovechild of art and engineering possible. An artist by passion, he is a technocrat who has engineered many technical marvels, alongside. Love makes people do unimaginable things- even back then, even today.

The best artist has that thought alone which is contained within the marble shell; The sculptor's hand can only break the spell to free the figures slumbering in the stone.

- Michelangelo

Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.

- Leo Tolstoy


The prominent accolades bestowed on Mr. I N Khan (Arshi).

  • State Award - 1986 (Govt. of Uttar Pradesh)
  • National Award - 1996 (Govt. of India)
  • Rajiv Gandhi Global Excellence Award - 2014 - (Rajiv Gandhi Global Foundation)
  • Yashbharti Samman - 2015 (Govt. of Uttar Pradesh)


Shows on the Black Taj Project.


Arshi’s creativity and ingenuity has been covered by media world-wide.